Elephant Trunk Nebula

July 3, 2019 - Reading time: ~1 minute

I hung around Cepheus and shot several hours of sub-exposures last night, mostly focused on IC 1396, the "Elephant Trunk Nebula", which is easy to make out near the center of the frame. This giant ionized gas region in Cepheus has some amazing dark bands of dust and other interstellar debris, blocking the light of more distant stars. Like there's that little guy on the right I want to call the "Harry Potter casts an Imperio" nebula. Imaging notes: bi-color made up of 48 stacked subs in Ha and OIII, William Optics GT81 APO refractor, ZWO ASI1600MM-Pro mono camera, Astronomik filters, iOptron CEM25P mount.

I also shot RGB subs. Here's the HaRBG: